Ally McCoist has paid a moving tribute to his ‘best friend’ Walter Smith ahead of Rangers’ Europa League final clash.
Gers faced Eintracht Frankfurt as they sought to lift their first European trophy in 50 years but fell short with a penalty shoot-out loss to Sevilla.
McCoist, a talkSPORT favourite, was on duty with BT Sport for the clash and paid a heartfelt tribute to Rangers legend Walter Smith who sadly passed away in October 2021.
Smith is a true Scottish football and Rangers icon and McCoist has revealed he still tries to phone his late friend as he did every day before he died.
McCoist said: “I miss him every day.
“I get in the car and I can’t get his number off my phone, you know.
“I will subconsciously phone him in the morning because we always used to chat in the morning, and I still do.
“I put his number in the phone anyway and dialed it of course, he’s clearly not there.
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“It is so well thought out. I don’t know anyone who has a bad word to say about Walter Smith. I really do not know.
McCoist also believes Smith gave Rangers a helping hand in their semi-final win over RB Leipzig.
McCoist added: “I have no doubt he was with them. I really have no doubts and I believe he is here too.
“He was just a fantastic man.
“He was my coach, my manager and became my best friend and he epitomizes Rangers Football Club.
“He was taken far too soon; it’s tragic for Ethel, Neil, Steve and the kids and it’s just a shame.
“I honestly and firmly believe he is here tonight.”
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